Ryan Clark Crocker is a Career Ambassador within the United States Foreign Service and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He has served as United States Ambassador to Afghanistan and as United States Ambassador to Iraq. Prior to those appointments, he was the American Ambassador to Pakistan; Syria; Kuwait; and to Lebanon. In January 2010 he became Dean of Texas A&M University's George Bush School of Government and Public Service.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called Crocker "one of our very best foreign service officers"; President George W. Bush called him America's Lawrence of Arabia and noted that General David Petraeus had said that "it was a great honor for me to be his military wingman."